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GMA Calls Food Rating System 'Severely Flawed'

October 28, 2014 9:59 am | by Grocery Manufacturers Association

In response to a new food rating scheme called Food Scores, the Grocery Manufacturers Association says the food ratings are severely flawed and will only provide consumers with misinformation about the food and beverage products they trust and enjoy.

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Quota Cuts Dishearten Maine Elver Fishermen

October 28, 2014 9:27 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

Federal regulators have cut Maine's fishermen's quota for elvers by nearly 18 percent to allow the stock of the lucrative baby eels to rebuild. The move came after a federal panel had recommended a quota of 9,688 pounds of elvers for next year. 

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Report: Moms More Likely Than Dads to Check For Sugars on Food Labels

October 28, 2014 8:35 am | by C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health

According to a recent poll, mothers are more likely than fathers to read nutrition labels when considering food and drink purchases. Sugars (total sugar and added sugar) topped the list of "very important" nutrients that parents consider overall.

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No Settlement Reached For Wheat Claims Against Monsanto

October 28, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press

Prospects are dimming for a settlement on remaining claims in lawsuits over the May 2013 discovery of genetically engineered Monsanto wheat in an Oregon field. Growers of soft white wheat who sued apparently have reached a tentative deal with the company.

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Pass Go. Collect Chocolate: Childhood Games Remade With Sweets

October 27, 2014 2:46 pm | by Gamesformation

Gamesformotion announced the release of classic childhood board game favorites which will all exclusively feature game pieces that you can eat. All of the chocolate games have the same essential features as their famous counterparts, except that their cards and letter tiles have been replaced with the finest Belgian milk chocolate.

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Chiquita Accepts $681M Deal With Brazilian Bidders

October 27, 2014 2:19 pm | by Associated Press

Chiquita Brands International Inc. has agreed to sell itself to two Brazilian companies for approximately $681 million. The deal comes just days after the fresh produce company's shareholders rejected plans to merge with Irish fruit importer Fyffes.

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Penn. Company Recalls Nearly 32K Pounds of Chicken Products

October 27, 2014 2:06 pm | by Food Safety

Murry’s Inc., a Lebanon, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 31,689 pounds of gluten free breaded chicken products that may be contaminated with Staphylococcal enterotoxin.                   

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Infographic: The Global State of Agriculture

October 27, 2014 12:25 pm | by US AID

According to this infographic by US Aid, the world population is expanding and food production must rise in order to meet these demands. In order to meet needs, global food production must increase 70 percent by the year 2050.     

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Wine Trails Forming in West Virginia

October 27, 2014 12:09 pm | by JUDY E. HAMILTON, The Charleston Gazette

On a recent afternoon, winemakers and distillery producers in the western part of West Virginia met to discuss the creation of a trail that would link wineries and distilleries located within close proximity to each other for the benefit of them all.

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Obama Takes Action to Push Manufacturing

October 27, 2014 10:42 am | by Associated Press

President Barack Obama is expanding his push for increased manufacturing in the United States by directing federal money toward new technologies, apprenticeship programs and competitions designed to assist small manufacturers.       

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First Annual 'Good Food Org Guide' Highlights More Than 400 Groups

October 27, 2014 10:35 am | by Food Tank

The James Beard Foundation and Food Tank developed the first annual "Good Food Org Guide" to highlight nonprofit organizations that are doing exemplary work in the U.S. in the areas of food and agriculture, nutrition and health, hunger and obesity, and food justice.

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Voters Weigh Expansion of Bottle Deposit Law

October 27, 2014 10:20 am | by BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press

Proponents of the measure that would expand the scope of the law say a variety of beverages that were largely unheard of on store shelves at the time have become consumer staples — all the while adding to the state's litter woes.

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Regional Meeting Set to Discuss New Food Rules For Vermont

October 27, 2014 10:13 am | by Associated Press

The Agriculture agency and the Northeast Association of State Departments of Agriculture will host a Nov. 17 hearing to offer farmers and food processors an opportunity to comment on the new supplemental rules proposed by the federal Food Safety Modernization Act.

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Fair Food Label Makes its National Debut

October 27, 2014 9:36 am | by Associated Press

The label was unveiled Friday and is similar to the "cruelty-free" and "fair trade" stamps on products like cattle and coffee. The "fair food" brands tomatoes picked by workers who are paid a premium and have basic guaranteed rights in the field.

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Maui GMO Debate Heats Up as Election Nears

October 27, 2014 9:26 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press

The dueling campaigns over a Nov. 4 ballot measure that would prohibit the growing of genetically modified organisms until studies show they're safe isn't just a local issue in a county of only 160,000 residents in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

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Chicago Firm Recalls 29K Pounds of Chicken Kiev

October 27, 2014 9:20 am | by Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the raw, frozen chicken entrees from the Aspen Foods division of Koch Meats were sold as Antioch Farms brand A La Kiev raw stuffed chicken breasts. The Chicago company recalled nearly 29,000 pounds of the chicken products.

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US Halal Food Supplier Indicted Over Beef Exports

October 24, 2014 1:00 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press

The founder of a popular brand of food for observant Muslims has been indicted on charges that he shipped beef to Malaysia and Indonesia that didn't meet those countries' import requirements.             

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Goya Foods to Open New Calif. Facility to Support Healthy Product Line

October 24, 2014 12:49 pm | by Goya Foods, Inc.

As the only Hispanic food company to offer consumers an entire line of low sodium, organic, diet and sugar free products, the 250,000 square foot facility will boost Goya's distribution capabilities of healthy and authentic Latin food and strengthen the company's position and growth in the West.

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Think Discrimination Claims Will Never Be Filed Against Your Business?

October 24, 2014 12:40 pm | by FrankCrum

Running a business is hard enough without worrying about liability and litigation related to discrimination claims.  Even the most careful business owners may encounter this issue at one time or another. Knowing the elements of a claim and what can lead to a claim can go a long way toward preventing them. 

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Health Food Companies Interested in Expanding in Mexico to Meet at Summit

October 24, 2014 12:06 pm | by The Mexican Healthy Products Summit

The Mexican Healthy Products Summit offers an exclusive opportunity for healthy products companies interested in beginning or expanding distribution in the Mexican retail marketplace. Over 60 buyers representing six sectors of Mexican retailers will attend. 

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